Google's new UI for setting up Assistant renames current privacy feature as "Forget me"

In the wake of the recent scandal that has engulfed Facebook, Google apparently is going to rename a privacy and security feature available now with Google Assistant. First, let’s start by discussing the revised user interface for the virtual assistant’s setup process. The first time that new Assistant users open the app, they will be greeted by a series of animated screens that show what the app can do. At top of each page is the Google Assistant logo followed by the phrase, “The new way to talk to Google.” Near the bottom of each page, a feature of Google Assistant is mentioned. These include …

Apple iPhone and Apple Watch users are accidentally setting off the Emergency SOS feature

Apple’s Emergency SOS feature is designed to quickly get help to you when there is an emergency. On the Apple iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus or iPhone X, hold the side button and one of the volume buttons at the same time, and you will see a slide bar that is used to activate the Emergency SOS protocol. That means a phone call is made to a local 911 dispatcher, and your emergency contacts are sent a text message that includes your current location.

Those with an Apple iPhone 7 or older model can set off Emergency SOS by rapidly hitting the side button five times (three times in India). You still …

Microsoft demands your mobile number when setting up Windows 10 Build 17063

Windows 10 Build 17063 asks, nay, demands that you give your mobile phone number to Microsoft during the set up process. If you refuse to give the number to the gang in Redmond, you will not be allowed to finish installing the new build on your PC. The screen that demands your number says “Link your Phone and PC. Windows loves all your devices-get essential apps that help you work better across your devices.”

There is no “Skip” button, and when you enter your mobile number an SMS message is sent to your smartphone that links the two devices. This allows you to use features like “Continue …

AT&T dropping your calls? This setting might help

The weird voice call disconnect outage that has been affecting AT&T subscribers since yesterday, regardless of their iOS or Android affiliation, is seemingly abating, but the issue seems to stem from voice-over-LTE identifiers, so changing a setting on your iPhone might help. 

No, we aren’t talking about AT&T’s advice to keep restarting your phone until it actually begins connecting your calls, but to turn off VoLTE for the time being. On your iPhone, go to Settings>Cellular>Cellular Data Options>Enable LTE, and set it to “Data only,” instead of the “Voice&data” …

How to get the camera HDR setting back in iPhone 8, 8 Plus, iPhone X

When Apple announced the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X last month, the company was very proud of its new Bionic chip and the image signal processor that comes with it. It allows the camera to do its magic, like add the special Portrait Lighting effects and intelligently decide when to boost exposure and when to apply HDR. Yes, we’ve had auto HDR before, but now, Apple is so convinced that it’s nailed the exact moments that the feature can kick in that it removed the HDR toggle from the camera app.

For anyone that likes to have some control over what they …

Google setting up SOS alerts: important information during a crisis, straight in your Maps app

The concept of adding region-based, crisis assistance features in apps is young, but certainly not new. We’ve got Facebook’s timed alerts and the “I am safe” global notification, which allows you to instantly let everyone know you are OK if you happen to be in an area affected by some sort of crisis.

Now, Google is expanding its portfolio of features like the Google Crisis Map with a brand-new SOS Alerts. The latter is meant for smartphones and works in both Google Search and Google Maps.

When you perform a simple search about a location, where some sort of disaster has struck, you …

Results: what Screen mode (color setting) do you have your Galaxy set to?

Sammy’s phones have pretty much become synonymous with that super-punchy Super AMOLED panel, which the manufacturer has been working on for years now. And yeah, while there are those who love the searing reds, cold blues, and cold whites, there are also quite a lot of users who prefer a more subdued look on their display, with more natural colors to it. Thankfully, Samsung has acknowledged this and has created a few different color modes for their users. Love super-punchy colors and cold whites? Go for Cinema mode. Love natural colors and a warm display? Choose …

Samsung users, what Screen mode (color setting) do you have your Galaxy set to?

Samsung’s Super AMOLED displays have long been hailed as some of the best on the market. Over the years, Sammy kept working on the quality of their image reproduction and colors. And, due to the nature of an AMOLED screen, it was able to also include a bunch of different so-called Screen modes to cater to all kinds of tastes. Love super-punchy colors and cold whites? Go for Cinema mode. Love natural colors and a warm display? Choose the lauded Basic mode. Want to display to auto-adjust itself, based on what you are looking at? Use Adaptive display!

And it seems …

Google Calendar makes a debut on iPad: tablet format, goal setting and more

Google Calendar has now arrived to the iPad.
One of the most powerful productivity apps out there, Google Calendar’s version for the iPad features a well-tailored interface with proper visualization for the larger screen format.
Google Calendar allows you to easily find and book a room for your meetings, as well as set a goal and have the calendar find free spots in your schedule to help you achieve that goal.
Google’s Calendar also features intelligent text recognition features, so that you …

The Samsung Galaxy Tab – Setting the Bar for Generations to Come

Introduced in November, 2010, the Samsung Galaxy Tab is a small, sprightly challenger to the Apple iPad and the emerging Dell Streak. The Galaxy Tab addresses many of the faults the iPad brings, but it also introduces a few bugs on its own. As the first of its family, however, a few quirks and hitches are to be expected.

The Galaxy is a 7-inch tablet PC, rectangular with a glossy black surface and a smooth rounded white back. It is portable and weighs 13 oz, easily stashed away in a backpack, purse, handbag, or oversized jacket or pants pockets. It is designed for multimedia use such as reading, gaming, watching video and listening to music. A vibrant 7-inch LCD touch display screen with an incredible 1024 x 600 pixel resolution packs enough jounce for all the above activities, and may use a screen protector and a case. The screen is responsive but slightly spastic, and is a bit of a fingerprint magnet. There are only two physical buttons: a volume rocker and power on/off button, both on the right-hand side. The design also includes a microSD slot and a headphone jack. Built with high-quality Corning Gorilla glass, the Galaxy Tab will accept even the most horrendous abuse.

Many thanks to Froyo, the Tab’s operating system. Running on a slightly skinned version of an upgradable Android 2.2 OS and utilizing a 1GHZ processor, the Galaxy is a powerful yet nimble tablet computer, equipped with 512 MBs of RAM and 16 GBs of internal memory. In contrast to the iPad, It is able to multitask and Adobe Flash. 3G Wi-Fi and cellular browsing speed is usable, but occasionally irritating. Prices vary by monthly memory and carrier. However, there are a few under-the-hood wrinkles than need to be ironed out. Froyo was never optimized for personal tablet use, so certain apps, online video formats, and other files dwell somewhere in limbo between personal PC and smart phone. The technical service and support is pretty limited as well. Many of these problems are supposed to be solved with future optimized versions of Android.

Delicious goodies come standard with it too. It boasts a 3.2 MP front- and rear-facing camera for point-and-shoot photography and Qik voice chatting. Its main competitors have no camera, period. Granted, with low maximum resolutions and little customizability, both cameras are somewhat lackluster, especially the 1.3 MP front-facing camera. It also comes with the Android app market, with over 100,000 apps. Problem is, most of those apps have not been optimized for tablet use, and so either remains in their smart phone form or grotesquely enlarge to fit the screen. The handful of pre-loaded apps, including Qik, Nook, Kindle, Facebook and QuickOffice, are all suited for tablet use.

Ergonomics are essential. A virtual QWERTY and SWYPE keyboard makes texting or e-mailing a cinch, and a gamut of accessories allows users to customize their tablet. With a 13-hour battery life, the Galaxy makes on-the-go plain easy. The downside is that the battery cannot be recharged by plugging it into a desktop or laptop computer. This flaw, along with several others, is mostly due to the Galaxy’s youth. The Galaxy will only raise the bar in future generations.

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